The hot topic in Fluvanna County is the school budget battle and Wednesday night it comes to a head as the Board of Supervisors takes up the school board's proposed budget.
School administrators say they have already cut their budget to the bare minimum and if it isn't approved, more drastic cuts are on the way.
The Fluvanna County School Board unanimously approved the superintendent's proposed budget for next year. Now parents, teachers, and school administrators are hoping the Board of Supervisors will do the same.
The school board approved a $34.9 million budget for next year. Now it's asking supervisors for just over $14 million - about $1.88 million more than the initial budget baseline.
The proposed budget would eliminate furlough days, give teachers a 2 percent raise, and absorb employees' shares of the Virginia Retirement System's Group Life. It would also support science, technology, engineering and math initiatives for students.
Superintendent Gena Keller says if the Board of Supervisors does not fully fund the school's proposed budget, class sizes are likely to go up, dozens of positions will be cut, and furlough days will be initiated. Schools have already made big cuts for next year - closing Columbia and Cunningham elementaries.
A petition asking supervisors to meet the schools needs already has more than 700 signatures.
Keller will present the funding request to the Board of Supervisors Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Fluvanna County Circuit Courthouse. In the meantime, she and her team are coming up with backup plans in case the county doesn't approve the budget.
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